1. 75% of Americans dreamt almost always in black and white in 1940, while today is just 12%.
  2. There are about 459 "cancer villages" in China, small communities near polluting factories where cancer rates have soared far above the national average.
  3. Using your non-dominant hand for mundane tasks, like eating or opening doors, for two weeks can improve your self-control.
  4. Heartbroken that, for days, he was unaware of his wife's death, Samuel Morse decided to explore a means of rapid long distance communication and ended up inventing the single-wire telegraph and the Morse Code.
  5. Wilmer Valderrama purchased the Vista Cruiser used on "That '70s Show" for $500 when the series ended.
  6. When a North Korean merchant vessel was attacked by Somali pirates in 2007, an American destroyer came to their aid. This event led to rare pro U.S. statements from the North Korean media.
  7. Michael Jackson's estate continues to allocate 20% of his posthumous earnings to various charities, as specified in his will.
  8. Hitler was a big tax evader, and was even fined by his own government over it in 1934. He then got the tax department to declare him exempt from taxation.
  9. In 2012, a Swedish man survived for two months in a car that had been snowed over. He ate only snow, and survived due a "igloo effect".
  10. The green falling code in "The Matrix" movie is just loads of sushi recipes.
  11. An estimated 400,000 people died building the Great Wall of China.
  12. More than 1 million Holocaust victims remain unidentified.
  13. Army cutworm moths are up to 70% fat.
  14. There is a Guinness World Record for ‘most matchsticks extinguished with the tongue'.
  15. Iceland lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago,
    in the hands of Viking settlers who razed the forests.
  16. Twins live longer than non-twins.
  17. Sean Connery cleaned coffins before being famous.
  18. Ethiopia has a space programme.
  19. DNA testing is mandatory in Kuwait.
  20. Elephant polo is a popular sport in India, Nepal and Thailand.
  21. Firing squad is a legal method of execution in Oklahoma.
  22. Dolphins have no vocal cords.
  23. Madonna worked at Dunkin' Donuts before being famous.
  24. No one is ever born in Vatican City.
  25. Winston Churchill believed in aliens.
  26. 100,000 Japanese disappear without trace every year, many to save their honour after a divorce, job loss, failing an exam or debt.
  27. Osama Bin Laden inherited at least US$25 million after his father's death.
  28. It's scientific fact that chicken noodle soup helps relieve symptoms of the common cold.
  29. A theist is someone who is addicted to tea.
  30. Sharks have rush hour too: a study found that shark traffic on major routes around Palmyra Atoll peaked between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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